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Shy. [Aside.] How like a fawning publican he
I hate him, for he is a Christian:
But more, for that, in low simplicity,
He lends out money gratis, and brings down
The rate of usance here with us in Venice.
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
Even there where merchants most do congregate,
THE JEW'S EXPOSTULATION.
Signior Antonio, many a time and oft,
And all for use of that which is mine own.
A cur can lend three thousand ducats? or
Fair sir, you spit on me on Wednesday last;
THE WORLD'S TRUE VALUE.
I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage, where every man must play a part.
SIGNIOR Bassanio, hear me :
If I do not put on a sober habit,
Talk with respect, and swear but now and then,
Like one well studied in a sad ostent*
* Show of staid and serious demeanour.
THE JEW'S COMMANDS TO HIS DAUGhter.
Lock up my doors; and when you hear the drum, And the vile squeaking of the wry-neck'd fife, Clamber not you up to the casement then, Nor thrust your head into the public street, To gaze on Christian fools with varnish'd faces: But stop my house's ears, I mean my casements; Let not the sound of shallow foppery enter My sober house.
POSSESSION MORE LANGUID THAN EXPECTATION.
O, ten times faster Venus' pigeons fly
To seal love's bonds new made, than they are wont, To keep obliged faith unforfeited!
Who riseth from a feast,
With that keen appetite that he sits down?
The scarfed bark puts from her native bay,
From the four corners of the earth they come,
THE PARTING OF FRIENDS.
I saw Bassanio and Antonio part:
He wrung Bassanio's hand, and so they parted.
HONOUR TO BE CONFERRED ON MERIT ONLY.
For who shall go about
To cozen fortune, and be honourable
Without the stamp of merit! Let none presume
O, that estates, degrees, and offices,
Were not deriv'd corruptly! and that clear honour
LOVE MESSENGER COMPARED TO AN APRIL DAY.
I have not seen
So likely an ambassador of love:
A day in April never came so sweet,
* To slubber is to do a thing carelessly. + Shows, tokens.
THE JEW'S REVENGE.
IF it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and hindered me of half a million; laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies; and what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? if you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? if we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? revenge: If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? why, revenge. The villany you teach me, I will execute: and it shall go hard, but I will better the instruction.
Let music sound, while he doth make his choice;
May stand more proper, my eye shall be the stream,